The East Coast of the USA is a wondrous mixture of the exciting history, culture and natural beauty of the eastern seaboard. Cities that are well known even if you have never travelled to the region instantly conjure up images in your mind.
Atlanta & Cincinnati
Atlanta, Georgia is a big city with lots of Southern hospitality, from arts to sports and dining and in-between there is lots to see and do in the city. Having hosted the Olympic Games in 1996, the city boasts modern hotels and an efficient transport system. Located in the mid-west, Cincinnati is a scenic and interesting city to visit with its Art Deco buildings and attractive neighbourhoods. Take a city break or include a few days in your itinerary to explore one of Americas less well known tourist destinations.
Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England. First settled in 1630 the city is home to some of the oldest and most historic landmarks in the country, one of the best ways to view these is following Boston's renowned freedom trail. The city has more to offer than just history, there are some fantastic shops, markets and delightful restaurants.
Chicago, on the vast expanse of Lake Michigan, has its own beaches and a theatre district, second only to Broadway. For amazing skylines, world class shopping and great entertainment head to Chicago. Otherwise known as the 'Windy City', Chicago is home to the Sears Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings, with great views over Lake Michigan, where on a clear day it is possible to see over 50 miles and across 4 states. 'Magnificent Mile' is hard to beat for its choice of Malls, department stores and boutiques.
Minneapolis & St Paul
The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are the ideal place for a short break in the States. With great shopping and dining, museums and galleries, there is plenty to see and do. Minneapolis is also known as the city of lakes and for those who like a taste of the outdoors, there are beautiful parks and over 22 lakes within the city boundaries. In the suburb of Bloomington lies the Mall of America, the largest indoor shopping and entertainment centre in the USA.
The north eastern area of the USA which includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are commonly called New England because they reminded early British settlers of their home, a land with wooded mountains, rolling hills and a stretch of stunning coastline. Here the pace of life is easy, people are friendly, the scenery stunning and the seafood is legendary.
New York City
Fabulous New York City - images immediately spring to mind - the Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway, shopping on 5th Avenue. Not to mention Central Park, the shows, restaurants and bars, nightlife, museums, art galleries and concert halls. This vibrant city that never sleeps is renowned as one of the greatest cities in the world. NY has it all.
Philadelphia was the birthplace of the United States and the nation's original capital until 1800. The city boasts more history per square mile than any other in the country and is home to sights and artefacts such as the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence. The city is renowned as a centre of culture and arts as well as being a first class shopping destination.
Washington DC, capital of the United States, is home to some of the most recognisable buildings and sights in the world including the White House and the Washington Monument. The city's restaurants feature a variety of exotic cuisines. It is also home to the Smithsonian Institute which is the largest museum and research complex in the world boasting a collection of over 142 million objects.